Happy New Regime: April Fools bios
Emma Berry (Director) has directed over 100 mainstage plays in her native England as well as France, Spain and Poland. London (various venues): Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, Richard III; Pinter: The Room, No Man's Land, The Birthday Party. Elsewhere in Europe: Antigone, L'Avare (Molière), American Buffalo, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, `Night, Mother; and more. Broadway: consulting dramaturge for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Ghost, Big Fish. Off Broadway: Untying Love, Margaret Willens. Off Off Broadway: Winter’s Tale, The End (Robert Koutras) various readings. Graduate of Central School Speech & Drama, member SDCS.
Sherry Bokser (Playwright) For more than 25 years, Sherry devoted herself to representing members of New York’s public-sector unions. Now, she is passionate about giving voice to the characters living in her imagination. Her play, With the Best of Intentions, received a staged reading at 360 Repco (NY). Work that Sherry co-wrote received staged readings at NYC’s National Comedy Theatre, L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre, and the Burbank Senior Arts Colony; her co-written work also received recognition at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Castillo Theatre’s Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest, Reverie Production’s Next Generation Playwrights Contest, and the Women Playwrights’ International Conference in Mumbai, India. Sherry’s been honing her craft at the Dramatists Guild Institute under the tutelage of Gary Garrison, Roland Tec, Stefanie Zadravec, and Michele Lowe; at the Kenyon Playwrights Conference; at Primary Stages ESPA, studying with Caridad Svich and Michael Walkup; and in master classes with Amiri Baraka and Lee Blessing. She also studied acting at HB Studios (NY) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London). Sherry is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.
Peter Brav (Playwright) is the author of the plays Later, South Beach, African Violet, The Rub, Good Till Canceled, and Propriety and the novels SNEAKING IN, THE OTHER SIDE OF LOSING, ZAPPY I’M NOT, and 331 INNINGS. He resides in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife Janet and three very demanding Papillons.
Toccarra Cash (Actor) was most recently seen as Grace in Hartford Stage’s production of August Wilson’sThe Piano Lesson, and also opposite Wendell Pierce in the Off-Broadway and New Orleans productions of Brothers from the Bottom (AUDELCO Award - Best Supporting Actress). Off-Broadway: Playing with Fire; The Fabulous Miss Marie. Regional: Baltimore Centerstage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Florida Studio Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, among several others. Film: First Match, Rosy, Hands to the Sky, ATL, Blue Car. TV: Blue Bloods (CBS), Royal Pains (USA), Younger (TV Land). Twitter & Instagram: @toccarracash.
MargOH! Channing (MC), 2014 and 2017 MAC Award Nominee is a writer, comedian and performance artist from Providence, Rhode Island where she performed award winning Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli tribute shows. Now focusing on theater and cabaret in New York MargOH! premiered her new work "MargOH! Channing is Tipsy" (directed by Thom Fogarty) to rave reviews at Dixon Place in 2012 also bringing the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to critical acclaim. In 2015 MargOH! headlined the 24th Annual LGBTQ HOT Festival at Dixon Place with her play "For the Love of Judy" (Fogarty) . Currently MargOH! is appearing in her MAC Nominated Cabaret Show HUNG at Pangea in the East Village.
Steven Fechter (Playwright) is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been produced throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Among recent production include The Artifacts and The Mentee at the Bridge Theatre, produced by Thom Fogarty and Other Side Productions in 2012. In the summer of 2014, 360repco produced and Fogarty directed the world premiere of Lancelot at The Gym at Judson in New York. In 2015 Theatre Bielefeld staged the world premiere of Serpent’s Tooth in Bielefeld, Germany; and John Jay College premiered the production of The Execution of Saint Luke. In 2016 his one-act The G Pledge premiered in New York Madness at the Kraine Theatre. As a screenwriter Fechter co-wrote the screenplay for the 2004 film The Woodsman (based on his play). For that film he was a Humanitas Prize finalist in screenwriting. He has been awarded writing fellowships at Yaddo and New River Dramatists. He is a member of Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Resonance Ensemble, EST Playwrights Unit, and The Dramatists Guild.
Lulu Fogarty (Playwright + Actor) is a founding member of 360repco and thrilled to make her first 360repco appearance as a writer with Happy New Regime: April Fools! Her first play Lillian Smith: Being Heard has been produced at Dixon Place, on Theater Row, Syracuse Stage and Judson. She is currently working on a play about power, oppression and the search for identity, based on interviews she conducted while living in Taiwan in 2013. Her blog, the Woke Villager, is her new project to inspire political action through creativity and mindfulness. www.lulufogarty.com, @thewokevillager
Thom Fogarty (Playwright + Director) is the Artistic Director of 360repco, in New York City. After performing for 30+ years, since 2010 he has directed and produced 20+ productions. He’s the writer of Ten Tall Tales About The Men I Love (2013), an adaptation of Lillian Smith’s Strange Fruit (2016), and Patient Lover Friend (2017 is currently in development). The Pulse Project is the type of social justice theatre Fogarty seeks in all his endeavors. He is an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and member of the Drama League.
Stephanie Griffin (Playwright) With the staging of tonight’ work, “Making Thanksgiving Great Again,” the Judson Church joins a list of venues producing Ms. Griffin’s work that includes, the Burgdorff Cultural Center, Riverhead Theater, Hoboken Playwrights Festival, the Puffin Foundation, the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Dixon Place and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. A scene from Death Club, Ladies Auxiliary was published by Smith & Kraus in THE BEST STAGE SCENES of 1997. She is a member of The Dramatist’s Guild of America.
Eero Hagen (Playwright + Performer) is an illustrator, visual artist, poet and dancer living and working in Philadelphia, where they studied sculpture and received their BFA in Illustration at UArts. Their work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and published in the form of movie posters for Future Human Productions. Their often collaborative work is centered around creating safe and supportive spaces for people of all genders. Eero is currently collaborating with their partner, Laura Neuman, on a graphic novel about radical empathy.
Michael Hammond (Actor) is excited to be a part of this reading! Regional credits include the National Tour of In the Heat of the Night (LA Theatre Works), Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare Theatre DC), His Girl Friday, The Car Plays: San Diego (La Jolla Playhouse), Torchbearers (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Solid Gold Cadillac (Studio Theatre), as well as productions with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the El Portal Theatre, and readings with The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth, Theatricum Botanicum, East West Players, and Moving Arts. He is a graduate of Brown University and of the MFA acting program at UC San Diego. He is a proud member of AEA and is a company member of the Moving Arts Theatre in LA.
Meghan Jones (Actor) is an actor and playwright from the Show-Me-State. Her NYC/Regional theatre credits include Helen Jones, in Machinal, Annie in The Real Thing, Lauren in Shelter’s Cul-De-Sac, and Edna in Ugly Rhino’s critically acclaimed original adaptation of the Kate Chopin novel, The Awakening. In addition to the stage, Meghan can be seen in numerous national and international commercials, short films including the award winning Notes From the Acrid Plain, and the recent feature, Only Fear ofDeath. She would like to thank her family at the Shelter, her husband and child.
Matt Keating's (Musician) 11th CD was released last year on Janglewood Records. Over the years his music has received much critical acclaim as he has continued to tour the world. A multi instrumentalist and composer, he has produced over a dozen albums by other artists and songwriters. He's composed music for major motion pictures including 2012 film, WON’T BACK DOWN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis and the 2017 Documentary LIVES WELL LIVED. “In a career spanning more than 20 years, Matt Keating has established himself as one of America's great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of and Gary Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era.”—NPR
Ken Kidd (MC) has been a loud and proud rabble-rouser in the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities for nearly thirty years, and, though unlikely, lots of folks wish he'd shut the Hell up already. Kidd has been lucky enough to organize and participate in many major protest actions of ACT UP, Queer Nation, the Gay and Lesbian AntiViolence Project, Gays Against Guns, and Rise and Resist (formed in response to the Russian-backed overthrow of our country's Democracy by Donald Trump). A 360repco and Judson Board member, Kidd is also a veteran of Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, and television (in the audience).
Paco Lozano (Actor) is honored to be returning to the stage for 360 Repco and Thom Fogarty. He has just come off of his first producing adventure for the stage, a night of women's 10-minute plays for "The Future Is Female" nationwide festival." He has been seen onstage various NYC theatres, including The Public's 'Shakespeare In The Park.' He is a proud member of 'The Shelter': www.theshelternyc.org. Film: Bushwick 2017(Sundance Selection). TV: The Good Wife, Madam Secretary. MFA from FSU/Asolo Conservatory.
Zakiya Iman Markland (Actor) holds an MFA from UC San Diego; BFA from FIU.
Credits: La Jolla Playhouse: Junk, Up Here. UCSD: La Bete, The Cherry Orchard, Grapes of Wrath, A Lie of the Mind, Battlecruiser Aristotle, Venus, Antigone, Second Skin. Thanks to the Universe & her crazy Jamaican family.
Nancy Nagrant (Actor) is honored to be collaborating again with both Steven & Emma, and for such an important cause. Nancy just finished playing Patricia in Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen with New Light Theater Project, and was seen earlier this week on ABC’s Quantico. Nancy is also a producer. She has produced & starred in a short film entitled Find Some Love, as well as a standing-room-only reading of a new play by Steven entitled Genesis. www.nancynagrant.com
Laura Neuman (Playwright) is a poet and performing artist who lives and teaches writing in Philadelphia. The author of Stop the Ocean (Stockport Flats), The Busy Life (Gazing Grain), and the forthcoming poetry collection, risk::nonchalance (Omnidawn 2017), their poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Brooklyn Rail, EOAGH, Fact-Simile, Small Portions, The Encyclopedia Project, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat and Chax). Their poems have been supported by The Fund for Poetry. A founding member of the Margin Shift collective in Seattle, dance projects include four years of collaboration with The Workshop for Potential Movement.
Jason Prover (Musician) is a New York City-based jazz trumpet player. You can hear his Traditional Jazz band, the Sneak Thievery Orchestra, around town most nights of the week! Prover played lead trumpet in the internationally renowned band, The Hot Sardines, for seven years, and has played with Lee Fields, Baby Soda, and Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra to name a few. He has played in the band at Sleep No More, and composed the score for upcoming documentary “Dream Empire.” This is his second show with 360repco. www.jasonprovermusic.com
Kara Revel (Playwright) is an actor and writer whose prominent acting credits include: the world premiere of Sit and Shiver (w/d - Steven Berkoff), the west coast premiere of Caryl Churchill's Far Away, the west coast premiere of Jane Martin's Flags, the 10th anniversary production of Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Crimes of the Heart and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest both with the Rubicon Theatre. Film and TV credits include Criminal Minds, The Legend of Simon Conjurer (with Jon Voight) and the
Emmy Award-winning TV movie The Movement. Writing credits include: Tomato Pie, winner of Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2004 Starving Artist play contest; Joint Custody, The Badlands, and Between Frames – all published in Independence Blvd./Main Street Rag Publishing; Last Gift, a semi-finalist in Runes Review's 2003 Poetry Contest; and a novel in progress, two chapters of which won the National Society of Arts and Letters’ Eudora Welty Award. As a playwright, Kara, with writing partner Sherry Bokser, were members of the U.S. Delegation to the Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC), held in Mumbai, India, in November 2009. Their play, Marvelous Country, was selected to be read as part of the U.S. Showcase at the WPIC. Most recently, Kara and Sherry were chosen for New Perspective Theatre’s 2010 Women Work Lab and
Marvelous Country was named a Finalist in Castillo Theatre’s 2010 Mario-Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest. In 2011, Marvelous Country will be showcased at the Great Plains Theatre Festival. Kara has interned with Simon Reade at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Andrew Gurr at Shakespeare's Globe; and completed the summer course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Kara holds a BA in English/Drama from Queens University of Charlotte; an MFA in acting from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and Television, and is a proud member of Actor’s
Megan Robinson (Actor) Off-Broadway: Brothers From The Bottom (Billie Holiday Theatre), Donogoo (Mint Theater). New York and Regional: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Peterborough Players), Untamed (National Black Theatre), A Dram of Drummhicit (La Jolla Playhouse), Ideal Lights (New York New Works Festival). Her short film “Imagining Love” was featured at the Imperial Beach and ArtPower film festivals in San Diego, where she was awarded Best Cinematography. MFA: UCSD. www.meganerobinson.com
AJ Taylor (Actor) is thrilled to be a part of his third play reading with 360repco. Taylor, a Wisconsin native, was raised overseas as a foreign service ‘brat’ and has recently moved from Boca Raton, Floridato New York City to pursue his career as an actor and writer. Taylor studied acting at Florida AtlanticUniversity where he was President of the Alpha Psi Omega: National Theatre Honor Society. At FAU,Taylor was a founder of the Cunny Funts Improv Troupe and the APO Community Outreach Program. InSouth Florida, Taylor is known for his roles in the TheatreLab Future Pages Project and the documentary theatre piece With Their Voices Raised. Taylor is a passionate human rights activist and environmentalist. Taylor credits any and all of his success to the support of his loving parents, Matthew and Lisa, and credits his passion to his three younger brothers, Aiden, Atticus, and Abraham, who drive him to make the world a better place for them, and of course to his older sister, Abby, who showed him his first musicals